Dried cherries add color and sweet and tart flavor, while mint and parsley give this healthy grain salad recipe fresh notes. If fresh sweet cherries are available, you could add those instead. Serve this chicken salad recipe with tzatziki sauce and mixed greens on the side.
Make Ahead Tip: Marinate chicken (Step 1) for up to 4 hours.
It's tricky to find individual chicken breasts small enough for one portion. Removing the thin strip of meat from the underside of a 5-ounce breast--the chicken tender--removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion. Wrap and freeze the tenders and when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry or for oven-baked chicken fingers. If you can only find large chicken breasts, you'll need just 1 breast for 2 servings--remove the tender and cut it in half crosswise before cooking.
Freekeh is wheat that's been harvested when it's still young, roasted and then cracked into a grain that looks similar to bulgur. Relatively new to the U.S., the chewy whole grain has a mild nutty flavor and is higher in fiber, protein and minerals than grains that are harvested once fully mature. Look for it in well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.
Preserved lemons--lemons that have been soaked in a salt-lemon mixture for at least 30 days--add a distinctive salty-sour flavor common in North African salads, soups and stews. Look for them in specialty food stores.
Serving Size: 1 piece chicken & 3/4 cup salad
539 calories; protein 35.3g; carbohydrates 44g; dietary fiber 8.1g; sugars 13g; fat 24.1g; saturated fat 3.7g; cholesterol 78.3mg; vitamin a iu 1369.5IU; vitamin c 15.1mg; folate 24.5mcg; calcium 66.9mg; iron 4.3mg; magnesium 68.3mg; potassium 341.7mg; sodium 335.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.